We previously mentioned one wildlife group already declared the Western Black Rhino extinct.
Originally, we thought they might have jumped the gun a little, seeing as how the World Wildlife Fund had estimated there were still about 4,000 of the rhinos left.
Well now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the largest conservation network, has declared the subspecies totally extinct.
Dead. Gone. Donezo.
Poached into extinction by heartless poachers. Thanks for that.
The chair man of the IUCN species survival commission said:
Awwww! It's so funny when a big animal like this starts playing!
They remind us more of big doggies than wild African animals or something.
This guy went from leather tank to playful pup and all it took was a little rain!
We could seriously just watch this guy gallop around his enclosure all day.
The rain makes him so happy, like a giddy little kid, dancing around in puddles.
We wish we could join him without getting trampled or mauled to death.
Oh well, guess we'll just settle for watching the video (above) on repeat, check it out!!
Zoo Basel is Switzerland has a brand new baby rhino running around their enclosure!
31-year-old Indian Rhinoceros Ellora gave birth to her male calf Kiran, a cutie baby who was born weighing 150-pounds and standing 2.1-feet-tall!!
The zoo took an inneresting approach to the birth, doing two very unconventional but natural things.
This was the first rhino birth in European that took place in front of an older sibling. Normally, when a rhino gives birth in captivity, the siblings are moved to a different location for the calf's safety.
But Kiran's older sister Henna, though uneasy at first, took an eventual liking to her little brother after being by Ellora's side during the birth.
The other new tactic used was
This is absolutely incredible!
While shooting footage of a wild black rhino for Discovery Channel's upcoming show Man, Cheetah, Wild, wildlife photographer Kim Wolhuter (a man) got a little too close for comfort.
When less than 40 yards away from the hulking beast, it noticed him filming it and charged!
That must've been absolutely terrifying! We guess rhinos hate paparazzi as much as some celebs do! LOLz!
But seriously, this rhino faced off with Kim, and they both stood their ground.
Even after several fake charges, Kim didn't run.
So, does the rhino eventually back down? Or does Kim get skewered?!
Check out the video (above) and find out!!
A little baby Black Rhino calf has finally made his public debut at Lincoln Park Zoo!!
His name is King Harris, named after a Lincoln Park Zoo supporter and member of the Board of Trustees.
The little King is so cute and part of an endangered species so he's extra ahmayzing!
He was the first one born at the zoo in 24 years!! The baby is already growing at a crazy rate, having gone from 60-pounds to 130 in about a month. These rhinos are being poached out of existence so we're so so so glad this little guy is healthy, trotting around his enclosure with his mama.
He's so freakin' CUTEEEEE!
Check out the video (above) to see the little cutie exploring the zoo!
We previously mentioned Prince William listens to animal noises and African soundscapes to calm himself when he's feeling stressed — so of course he'd be upset when looking at photos of rhino poaching.
He was shown photos of rhinos who had been left for dead by poachers and said:
This is incrediballs!!
Black rhinos are CRITICALLY endangered!
So the fact that a baby was just born into captivity is absolutely ahmayzing!!
A baby black rhino was just born at the Lincoln Park Zoo last week and is the first black rhino born there since 1989.
The little baby is currently bonding with his mama.
The zoo's curator of mammals said: